Monday, July 27, 2015

Love Conquers Fear

by Andrew Wommack

Read John 9:6-27

John 9:27 "He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be his disciples?"

This man showed great courage in confronting these religious leaders. Even Peter later backed down for fear of this same group of men (Lk. 22:54-62). Certainly one thing that gave him this boldness was that he knew what Jesus had done for him. And even beyond the physical healing, he knew that Jesus had healed him because He loved him.

It's our security in the Lord's love for us that gives us the strength to face rejection from others. As Proverbs 28:1 puts it, "the righteous are bold as a lion." The antidote for fear of men is a large dose of the love of God.

One of the greatest truths of the Bible and one of the hardest to comprehend, is that we are the objects of God's love. God didn't just pity us or feel some sense of moral obligation to save us. He saved us because of His infinite love for us (Jn. 3:16). An experiential understanding of God's love is the key to being filled with all the fullness of God (Eph. 3:19).

Paul prays in Ephesians 3:19, that we would experience the love of God which passes mere knowledge about it. How can we know the love of God if it passes knowledge? This sounds like a contradiction. It's not. The knowing is experiencing it. The end result of having understanding and experiential knowledge of God's love is that we will be filled with all the fullness of God. God's love is the key that opens the door to everything that God is. God is love (1 Jn. 4:8).

It's not just a casual acquaintance with God's love that we need, but an intimate understanding and experiential knowledge of the depths of God's love. Just as a tree's roots provide stability and nourishment for the tree, so our revelation of God's love is the foundation upon which everything else we receive from God is built.

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Is Bleach Sickening Your Household?

From Rodale News

There's no denying that bleach kills germs. But whether it's keeping your family from getting sick may be an entirely different matter altogether. Children who live in homes cleaned with bleach may be more susceptible to respiratory and other infections, according to research published in Occupational & Environmental Medicine.

"The bleach might be fine at killing the virus on the surfaces in the home, but the bleach makes the children more susceptible to exposure to the virus, which is most likely outside the home," says Susan Sumner, PhD, Associate Dean and Director of Academic Programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech.  Read the entire article.

Another Resource Article: 
Bleach vs. Vinegar to Kill Germs

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10 Tips for Gardening with Arthritis

Gardening has a multitude of health benefits. Since most people find enjoyment in gardening, they do it regularly without any coaxing or aiding in cardiovascular health, strength, and flexibility. One’s immunity is also boosted as skin soaks in vitamin D from the sun and healthy bacteria and microbes from the soil.

Gardens are full of a variety of textures, smells, sights, and sounds which have been known to reduce stress and promote relaxation as it stimulates the brain and aids in better mental health.

Lastly, we cannot forget nutrition and all the amazing vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that are provided to us when we consume all the fresh produce we harvest. It’s no wonder that gardening appeals to the young, the old, and everyone in between.

In some of our lives there comes a time when illness, injury, arthritis, or even disease affects our physical capabilities in the garden.  Read the entire article.

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Five DIY Tips for Pet Parents (Video)

by Dr. Sarah

Few things are more important than the health and well-being of your companion animal.

For new pet parents, emotional connection does not necessarily translate into knowing the best way to take care of pet kids. Well, that’s all about to change.

In the latest episode of Pet Talk, Dr. Sarah reveals the top five do-it-yourself items for your list of honey-do’s for pets. This episode is also a great refresher course for long-time pet parents, too! Keep your companion animal healthy and happy.  Watch the video now!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

See Faith as a Seed

by Clint Byars
Forward Ministries

Human consciousness began in a place where things grow. God originally placed mankind in a garden. Not just any garden but a perfect garden. Everything that was needed to survive and thrive was already in bloom. The only task was to tend the garden and grow humans.

This is the way of God’s spiritual kingdom as well. Everything is supplied, everything is in bloom and Jesus says the kingdom is within us. You are expected to walk by faith and experience the fruit of that spiritual garden in abundance. The key to seeing spiritual kingdom fruit is faith.

Hebrews 4:11 AMP "Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, [a]the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]."

The garden of God’s kingdom is in full bloom, we can pick that fruit and eat of his promises because we have been translated into that kingdom in Jesus. But this happens by faith. Faith is not just believing in something you can’t see or waiting for something to happen.

Faith recognizes that God has given us all spiritual blessings already and expects those blessings to be evident in our physical lives. The only thing that hinders those spiritual fruits from bearing in our physical lives is worry, deceitfulness of riches, cares of this world and lust of things.

Faith see the eternal reality and is convinced that it’s more real than what we can see. Faith doesn’t look at the promises in God’s word and wonder when they’ll happen, faith knows they’re a spiritual reality now and speaks the amen unto manifestation because those promises are actually already present in a very real way…in Christ.

Faith is less about mystically discerning a message from God and more about believing and yielding to what he’s already done in Jesus.  The process of manifestation depends on the condition of our hearts toward God, not the condition of God’s heart toward us.

Romans 5:1 "Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God."

Faith puts us in the realm of grace from which we fall when we’re in our own efforts. Faith is action, not to earn but to possess. Just as the children of Israel had to go forward into the land trusting God would would go before them, we do the same. The land is ours and faith sees it through.

Remain hopeful in God.

Check out this message which expounds on these ideas (at the bottom of the page).

Natural Tools for Overcoming Addictions

by Steven Horne

When most people think of addiction, they immediately think of serious addictions to substances like drugs and alcohol. Historically, in fact, addiction has been defined as a physical dependence on psychoactive substances such as alcohol, tobacco, opiates and other drugs.

However, the definition of addiction has been expanded to include psychological dependency on things such as pornography, sex, comfort foods, gambling, Internet surfing, gaming, social media, watching TV, shopping, work, exercise, etc.

Simply put, when we can’t stop a behavior that is damaging to ourselves and others, it is addictive.

The American Society of Addiction Medicine has described addiction as “a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry.”

Or simply, addiction occurs when there is a compulsive or habitual need to repeat an experience in order to try and feel good. The addiction may be mild or severe, socially acceptable or unacceptable.  Are You Addicted?

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The Smartest Bird in the World

If someone calls you a birdbrain consider it a compliment!

Birds are among the smartest animals in the world. The smartest of the smart are in the Corvidae family -- crows, ravens, jackdaws, jays, nutcrackers, magpies, choughs, treepies and others. 
American Crow in Backyard
Louis Lefebvre, a behaviorist at McGill University in Montreal who is studying bird intelligence, has developed a test for gauging bird IQ. It's based on how innovative birds are when faced with different challenges. 
His winner for smartest bird of all is the American Crow (also called the Common Crow). Many other researchers agree, and people who have experienced the challenges of keeping crows away from crops, birdseed and trashcans may not be surprised by this.

Crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos) are second only to humans in intelligence -- even smarter than apes in some research tests.  Read the entire article.

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